Engouement pour la conférence « Les Croisements Numériques »

La Conférence du 22 mai 2012 « Les Croisements Numériques » a réuni à Bordeaux plus de 150 participants. Un engouement à la hauteur d’un secteur en pleine expansion …en Europe et dans l’agglomération bordelaise.
5 profils de postes, élaborés selon le Cadre Européen d’e-Compétences, ont été mis en avant :
Responsable de communauté en ligne (Community Manager)
« Les recruteurs s’intéressent aux écoles d’où proviennent les candidats. Cependant, très peu d’écoles présentent avec précision leurs formations. Le candidat ne doit pas faire l’impasse sur la culture générale. Elle génère des dispositions et oriente la manière de jauger une situation. Les femmes bien qu’elles soient encore peu nombreuses dans ces métiers ont l’avantage d’avoir un soucis du détail indispensable à la bonne réalisation de projets numériques ». François Adoue – Responsable français de l’Observatoire Européen des Métiers de l’Internet.

Pan-European Forum on Media Pluralism and New Media

The new media revolution seems to have overturned many old certainties. But is the technological change matched by fundamental shifts of power and influence, or will the traditional big players continue to wield vast influence? Do the new media contribute to, or undermine, a pluralistic public sphere? Do new technologies overcome bottlenecks related to traditional media – do they create new information gatekeepers? The event will offer a forum to discuss opportunities and risks for media pluralism resulting from new media. It takes place in the European Parliament and will bring together politicians, traditional and new media, academics, NGOs, judges and leaders from the music, film and book industries. Deadline for registration is 12 June.
The event will focus on media diversity with an emphasis on the new media:
–  Does the new media contribute to, or undermine, a pluralistic public sphere?
– Do new technologies overcome bottlenecks related to traditional media or do they create new information gatekeepers?
– Should existing media ownership regulations for traditional media be relaxed, or extended to new media?
– How have industries, such as music, books and film, faced the challenges presented by the new media?
– Is there a need for diversity obligations on online on-demand media and can they be imposed?
– Should the EU take an initiative in ownership regulation in this era of globalization?
– How do we assess the role of publicly funded media, specifically public service broadcasters (PSBs), but also, where relevant, subsidized press and online operations?
Brussels Hemicycle Debating Chamber, Place du Luxembourg/Luxembourg station
27 June 2012, 09.30-18.00

Challenges and trends in skills and career development of the European workforce

Register now for the first European Business Forum on Vocational Training dedicated to « Challenges and trends in skills and career development of the European workforce. »
At the seminar Companies´approaches to skills development of both adult workers and young people will be reviewed.
Here are the 5 workshops of the Forum
Setting targets for competence development – how do companies identify skills needs
– How can good market information acquired by companies be shared with education and training providers to address immediate and future skills needs?
– What are the advantages of companies cooperating with competitors and small businesses in networks (or other fora e.g. skills councils) which address skills concerns?
– How can enterprise-education partnership and cooperation be improved to meet future skills requirements?
– What steps can be taken at EU level to ensure better fit between the skills needs of businesses and education/training provision?
The use of training in competence development – which strategies companies adopt
– Will the trend for competence development over hiring new talent continue?
– Why does formal training generally constitute the smallest percentage of competence development? Is this the most effective approach?
– Are large companies best placed to provide technical training internally or can external providers develop technical training to meet the needs of large enterprises?
– What are the main advantages and drawbacks of the identification and nursing of talent?
– How can fruitful partnerships between stakeholders be established in order to create more effective formal learning for competence development and innovation?
– What could be the role of ICT-supported learning, including the use of social media?
– What can be the role of EU?
The use of work-based learning for competence development
– Which types of skills are best dealt with in work-based learning? Why?
– Do people really learn by doing – or do they just reinvent the wheel or develop sub-optimal solutions?
– To what extent is the focus on work-based learning fueled by the economic crisis and the need to cut costs?
– What are the most important challenges associated with a competence development strategy focused on work-based learning?
– How can the HR department best support that work-based learning is effective?
– How can work-based learning be improved by the use of ICT?
– How can work-based learning be improved through cooperation with partners outside the company? Which partners? What type of cooperation?
– What can be the role of EU?
Role of companies in promoting youth employment

– What are the challenges for companies concerning transnational placements of own apprentices? And for companies considering taking on a foreign apprentice for a placement?
– How do economic incentives affect companies’ willingness to take on apprentices?
– Which factors prevent companies from taking on apprentices?
– Which are the most important challenges in the cooperation between companies and vocational schools on apprenticeships?
– What can companies do to improve the situation concerning apprenticeships?
– What can schools do?
– How best to overcome the paradoxes related to supply and demands of apprenticeship places
– Which financial incentives should be available?
– What support is needed for in-company trainers?
– What can be the role of the EU?
Role of the EU in supporting vocational education and training
– How to strengthen the engagement of companies in EU actions? What are the critical factors, the ‘to-do’ and ‘not-to-do’ aspects?
– What do companies gain from taking part in activities such as Sector Skills Alliances and under what conditions do the benefits out-weigh the costs? Examples?
– What do companies gain from hosting mobile trainees and what conditions are needed for these benefits to be felt?
– What communication channels would be most effective to reach companies and convince them to engage in international learning mobility?

European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 : 5 winners

« The finalists in this year’s European Business Awards for the Environment clearly demonstrate that taking a green approach can make a major difference to their profitability and to our common good through innovative and sustainable eco-technologies and processes. » said Janez Potočnik Commissioner for the Environment.
The five winners represent large corporations and SMEs, old and new Member States, and sectors from retail to energy to material engineering. Most of the applicants were SMEs. The greatest number of entries (62) was in the newly introduced “business and biodiversity” category. They were selected from a shortlist of 14 candidates from nine European countries and wide-ranging economic sectors. They are companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance (Green ICT).
« The Europe 2020 Strategy recently adopted by the Commission follows the same line of thought, recognizing that a better environment matters not only for the quality of life of citizens, but also for the economy. The strategy will help prepare businesses for the long-term challenges of resource efficiency and sustainable growth, and it will do this with economic incentives that promote true innovation and creativity. » concluded Janez Potočnik Commissioner for the Environment.

Slideshow of the Conference EQF i-Serve organised in Bordeaux

The Final Conference of EQF iServe has been held in Bordeaux on 22 May 2012, in cooperation with Emploi-Bordeaux. With more than 160 stakeholders in the audience – policy-makers, training institutions, companies and students – the event exceeded all expectations. A key note speech by the Director of Emploi-Bordeaux, Gilles de Wavrechin, emphasised the importance of digital professions for the labour market. Moderated by François Adoue, Director of the Observatoire international des metier de l’Internet, Adriana Baer, coordinator of the iServe project, gave an overview of the project while Philippe Wacker, EMF, and Ed Mahood, DEKRA, presented the job profiles and training guidelines. 
A Round Table of ICT representatives discussed “e-Jobs” while the general public was involved through life twits on the screen. In short: the importance of digital competences at all levels has been confirmed but the increased need for transversal skills –often soft skills or entrepreneurial skills – makes training more complex in the future.
More tweets about the conference : #ejobs

Pre-announcement of Open Consultation for AAL JP Call 6

Based on the decision of its General Assembly, the AAL JP will launch an open consultation allowing all stakeholders interested in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) to provide input for Call 6 of the AAL Joint Programme (AAL JP).
The consultation will address the following three candidate topics:
You can provide your input on these potential call topics from 4 to 21 May 2012. We will provide a template on our website as of 4 May, which you can download, fill in and send back to us.

Report: Chinese Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry Interested in Going Green, But More Development Needed

People working in the Chinese information and communications technology (ICT) industry are open to the concept of going green, but need support and education to achieve carbon reduction targets using technology. That is the conclusion of a recent research study conducted at China’s Tsingua University Media Lab on behalf of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) titled, “Green Information Communications Technology in China.” 

New programme paves the way for innovative thinking

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to develop a new instrument – the Programme for Social Change and Innovation (PSCI) – which will support employment and social policies throughout the EU.

The new programme will be used to help tackle some of the EU’s most pressing issues, such as high unemployment rates, poverty and social exclusion, and the ageing population.

The PSCI will integrate three existing Commission-managed programmes: PROGRESS, the programme for employment and social solidarity; EURES, which delivers European employment services; and the European Progress Micro-finance Facility.

Bringing these three instruments together under one umbrella will increase their effectiveness and allow the Commission to improve policy coherence across the board. The new-set up will also ensure that employment and social policies make an even greater contribution to Europe 2020, the EU’s overarching strategy for economic growth.

In addition to strengthening policy coordination, capacity building and the sharing of best practice, the PSCI will make it possible to test innovative actions. The ultimate aim is for the most successful of these pilots to be “up-scaled” and receive financial backing from the European Social Fund (ESF), which provides finance to projects that support employment and social integration in the regions.

Green Internet and Cyber-Infrastructure – Japan to build massive cloud infrastructure for e-government

The Kasumigaseki Cloud the name of a Japanese project that plans to build a massive cloud computing infrastructure to support all of the government’s IT systems  from now until 2015. The goal of the project consolidate all government IT systems into a single cloud infrastructure to improve operation efficiency and reduce cost. 
This initiative is one of nine action points set forth by the Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to stimulate growth of the industry in Japan. 
Additional proposals were put forth to develop and implement ubiquitous Green ICT solutions, including initiatives like the Kasumigaseki Cloud, boost ICT human resources, and the creation of “safe and secure networks” for the public.